The Safeguard Mechanism has been reformed following a
consultation process undertaken by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
New obligations and reporting requirements apply to Safeguard facility financial years commencing on or after
1 July 2023:
The following information has been published in line with the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 prior to commencement of the new arrangements.
New data publishing requirements will apply from
1 July 2023. See
Safeguard data for more information.
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015, the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) is required to publish information relating to emissions baseline determinations (baselines).
The Safeguard baselines table includes facilities that have been issued a baseline determination under the Safeguard Mechanism.
Inclusion in this table does not mean a facility will be covered by the Safeguard Mechanism for 2021–22 or for future financial years. Coverage will depend on whether the facility's covered emissions for the relevant financial year exceed the 100,000 tonne carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) Safeguard threshold. Additionally, in the case of designated generation facilities that are connected to a designated electricity network (grid-connected electricity generators), facilities will only be covered if the sectoral baseline is exceeded.
Responsible emitters identified in the Safeguard baselines table can keep their emissions down in several ways. For example, a responsible emitter may
purchase Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs).
Facilities that meet or exceed the Safeguard threshold in a financial year from 1 July 2016 onwards are referred to as designated large facilities for the purposes of the Safeguard Mechanism.
The Safeguard baselines table was last updated on
31 March 2023 to reflect baseline determinations made and amended under the Safeguard Mechanism. The CER will continue to update this information as baseline determinations are made and new information becomes available.
*Updates to a determination’s details could be for several reasons including:
These are updates to already published determinations and do not affect the number of baseline determinations published.
Calculated baselines are determined based on an independently audited forecast of production and either forecast emissions intensity provided by the responsible emitter or the default emissions intensity value, set out in the Safeguard Rule. The baseline is calculated by multiplying forecast production by the emissions intensity of that production. Where a calculated baseline is determined using one or more default emissions intensity values, the baseline number will not necessarily represent expected future emissions.
In certain circumstances, we may amend:
A registered corporation or a person required to report under the NGER Act, may apply to have their data withheld from publication. A request can only be made in relation to information which reveals or could be capable of revealing a trade secret or any other matter having a commercial value that would be, or could reasonably be expected to be, destroyed or diminished if the information were disclosed specific to the facility or responsible emitter. See
what data is published and why for more information.
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